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SFB1238 | Tohru Suemoto

On 24 July at 14:00 - 15:00 in Seminar Room of the Institute Physics II

Tohru Suemoto, Toyota Physical and Chemical Research Institute


Femtosecond luminescence from metals and semimetals


Luminescence is a standard method to study the excited electronic states and their relaxation dynamics in solids, especially in insulators and semiconductors. However, the luminescence from metals and semimetals have rarely been studied. Several years ago, we found femtosecond infrared luminescence from some semimetals, such as graphite [1], bismuth, antimony [2] and also from metallic states at the surface of topological insulators [3]. We successfully obtained versatile information about the relaxation dynamics in these materials.

In addition, very recently, we discovered ultrafast infrared luminescence in many ordinary metals, Au, Ag, Cu, Pt, Al etc., when they have surface roughness [4]. In this talk, I would like to propose the "femtosecond infrared luminescence" as a conventional tool for investigating the electron dynamics in metals, providing information similar to that could be obtained from time-resolved photoemission spectroscopy.



[1] T. Suemoto, S. Sakaki, M. Nakajima, Y. Ishida, and S. Shin, Phys. Rev. B87, 224302 (2013).

[2] M. Takeda, S. Maezawa, H. Watanabe and T. Suemoto, Spring meeting of Physical Society of Japan (2015).

[3] S. Maezawa, H. Watanabe, M. Takeda, K. Kuroda, T. Someya, I. Matsuda and T. Suemoto, Sci. Rep. 5. 16443 (2015).

[4] T. Suemoto, N. Sugimoto, K. Nishikawa, K. Yamanaka, S. Inagaki, The XXI International Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena (Hamburg, 2018).


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